FIFTH SATURDAY CONTRADANCE
November 30, 2013
The Saturday after Thanksgiving
Hope you'll join us, at Wells Hall. Singles, couples, first-timers, and experienced dancers; All are Welcome. No partner needed; Alcohol and smoke-free; Workshop for newcomers (see below.) We have a great time, dancers, caller, and musicians too! Sponsored by the Seattle Folklore Society. Bring your weekend guests and join us for this festive holiday dance.Our caller will be JAY FINKELSTEIN, a longstanding musician and contradancer, with a fine appreciation of the relation of tunes and dances. He has a good directive calling style, conveyed in a clear and calming voice. Jay is well known in Olympia as the organizer of the First Saturday dance, and as the backup guitar in both their excellent 1st and 4th Sat house bands, as well several bands with fiddler Jesse Partridge. You may also know him as a regular dancer in Tacoma, at the Tursday and Friday Seattle dances, and in Olympia when he isn't playing there. The breadth and depth of his experience is reflected in his calling.The band, SMALL PLEASURES, will be Vivian Williams on fiddle, Phil Katz on melodeons, and Phil Williams on guitar, wth our frequent guest Paul Englesberg on flute. We go back to the start of the contra dance tradition in Puget Sound; Vivian and Phil Williams to the early contradances here at the Inside Passage in Pioneer Square in the 1970's, and Phil Katz to the initial Saturday contradance series in Puget Sound (the Salmonberry 2nd Saturday dance begun in the University Friends' Meeting House in 1980.) Paul has played contra dance flute since his college days in New England in the 1970's. He plays with the Bellingham contra and Scottish Country Dance band Up In The Aire, and brings us his background in Scottish Celtic repertoire.Our band plays "close to the dance and the dancers", choosing our tunes to match the dance chosen by the caller, and our styling to support the dancers as each dance evolves. It is a pleasure to play for our friends out on the dance floor.We call our contra tune repertoire Northwest and Yankee music. We bring together the Yankee contra repertoire of the Northeast, along with tunes from the pioneer Northwest. Many of the latter were brought to light due to the musical, cultural, and historical scholarship of Vivian Williams, a degreed cultural anthropologist, as well as a champion contest fiddler and a member of the Old Time Fiddlers' Hall of Fame. The NW pioneer tunes fit flawlessly with the Northeast tunes - not surprising since they all trace back to the popular dance tunes of the mid-nineteenth century. Besides Paul's Scottish repertoire, we've recently added some Scottish repertoire from a 19th century Glasgow-area manuscript (via San Francisco) unearthed by Vivian in British Columbia. We think you'll enjoy dancing to all this musical history brought to life; they were fun tunes to dance to back in the day, and they still are.
Specifics on the Event:The Fifth Saturday Contradance will be held at Christ Church Wells Hall, 310 North K Street, Tacoma - directions below. It is well-known as one of the sweetest halls in Puget Sound. (Note: It's the same location as the Tacoma Contra Dance that's held on Third Saturdays most months, but on the Third Sunday in November.) The November 30 dance will run from 8:00 - 11:00 pm. We've finally followed the trend and raised our cost to $9.00, with a $2.00 discount for 18 down and 65 up. As always, a 10% discount will be available to Seattle Folklore Society members who request it. There will be a newcomers' workshop at 7:30 pm. Contra dancing is "not rocket science", and by the third dance, anyone looking out over the crowd will likely be unable to tell who just learned that evening! Jay teaches a great workshop, and often gathers "his newcomers" together at the midpoint breaktime to impart a few more things, once folks have had some experience out on the floor. We're proud of the tradition of asking newcomers and visitors to dance, and looking after them on the dance floor. (Besides weekend guests, experienced dancers are invited to bring any friends they've been wanting to introduce to contra dancing, and to help out by dancing in the workshop.)Please avoid wearing scented products (e.g. perfume, aftershave, cologne, scented hand lotion) to the Fifth Saturday Contra Dance. (Dancing, being aerobic, magnifies their scent, and also the effect of the solvents used therein!) Some dancers are hypersensitive or allergic to such products. A word about children's attendance: It is fine for older children and teenagers who are comfortable interacting with adults on their own. However, it is not appropriate for small children unless they are on the sidelines supervised by adults at all times. A caution on parking: The street right across from the hall has been posted as a "residents only" zone, so please don't park there - tickets have been given. There is plenty of parking on adjacent streets, and there are spots behind the church as well.
Directions to Wells Hall
310 North "K" Street, Tacoma
From Seattle, "Eastside" of Lake Washington, or Des MoinesPlease note the reopening of Stadium Blvd after extensive repairs, so we are back to the original directions: I-5 south to exit 133 (Tacoma City Center). Then take I-705 and the Schuster Parkway exit on the right (still called I-705). From there again stay right and take the Stadium Way (first) exit from Schuster Pkwy. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right. The street goes up hill, then swings left onto North 1st. You pass Stadium Thriftway and a Chevrolet lot, and then merge into Division at a traffic light. Continue on Division, turn right onto North "K". Wells Hall is the second building on the left. Enter the dance through the church courtyard.
From OlympiaTake Interstate 5 to Tacoma, exit 132 (Route 16-Gig Harbor exit). Follow Route 16 and take the Union Avenue exit and make a right turn. Follow Union to 6th Street and make a right. Follow 6th about a mile to a multi-way intersection; there take a soft left into Division Ave. Follow Division to North "K" Street, where you take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left. Or you can take a few extra minutes and come all the way north on I5 to the I-705 exit (Tacoma City Center). Then follow the directions onto Schuster Parkway, etc. as given above.
From West of the Narrows BridgeTake WA 16 east across the Narrows, and take exit 1B for Union Ave. Keep left at the fork; follow signs for University of Puget Sound. Turn left onto S Union Ave (at which point you'll be northbound.) Go about 1.5 mile and turn right into 6th Avenue. Follow 6th about a mile to a multi-way intersection; there take a soft left into Division Ave. Follow Division to North "K" Street, where you take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left. For more information please contact:
Phil Katz - philkatz@ZZZhalcyon.com - 206 722 8228.
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